Sharing the Stories of WWI: The Adventures of Spafford Ackerly

Have you heard about the Filson’s new World War I exhibits?  Called to Arms: Kentuckians in the First World War and Selling the War: Posters from WWI are both open to the public by guided tour. Now that the frenzied preparations for the opening are over, I’m excited to guide visitors through the completed exhibit spaces.  I think the best […]

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The Home for Friendless Women

by Kelly Morris, University of Louisville Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society Intern I stumbled across the charity the Home for Friendless Women while interning at the Filson this semester. It’s hard to imagine this would be a go-to name for an organization nowadays, but there was a time this was a common name for a charity designed to help […]

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Tele-what?

As the Marketing and PR Coordinator for The Filson, part of my job is coming up with new and interesting ways to market upcoming events to our members. This is one of my favorite parts of the job because it means I get to dive into a bit of history and more often than not, I learn something new in […]

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Dear Mr. Filson….Where Did Henry Watterson Hull Live in Louisville?

When I was a project archivist at the Mudd Manuscript Library, we used our blog to share interesting reference questions in a regular segment titled “Ask Mr. Mudd.” I’ve decided to start up that tradition here at The Filson, too, so here’s the inaugural “Dear Mr. Filson.” We received reference question via our Facebook page which asked the following: I knew […]

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Tuesday, February 6, 1883 — Mardi Gras!

If you can’t have king cake (or boudin or crawfish…) on Mardi Gras, what better way to celebrate than to post a blog about everyone else enjoying those things? Alright, so while J.W. Stewart probably wasn’t wearing beads or eating a cake adorned with neon green, yellow and purple icing, complete with a plastic baby baked inside, I do know that […]

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From the Archives: Valentine’s Day Greetings, the Victorian Way

*This post originally ran on February 10th, 2015 Valentine’s Day (or National Single’s Awareness Day, if you are so inclined) is coming. Starting on December 26, you can’t ignore it. As soon as the Christmas decorations come down, the pink and red go up, the cards and candy come out, and the blatant consumerism rages on. I admit I’m a […]

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Kentucky Music Comes Home

Wade Ward with Alan Lomax, c. 1960

On Thursday, February 16th, curator Nathan Salsburg from the Alan Lomax Archive will visit the Filson to discuss the repatriation of the many recordings of folk and vernacular music collected by Lomax and his colleagues in Kentucky between 1933 and 1942. But what does it mean to “repatriate” Kentucky’s cultural heritage? Where did it go? For at least the last […]

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Life on the Ohio: The Mercantile Pursuits of Ulysses P. Schenck

Steamboat Congo [BOS-49]

Like the towns described in Mark Twain’s memoir Life on the Mississippi, the town of Vevay, Indiana is seated strategically along the banks of a river.  Ulysses P. Schenck, merchant and entrepreneur, numbered among the town’s notable members in the 19th century.  A Swiss immigrant raised in Louisville, Schenck relocated to Vevay following the financial panic of 1837.  His name “Ulysses” […]

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Why the Lewis and Clark Bridge?

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of insiderlouisville.com

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of bridgehunter.com and insiderlouisville.com  Most people think of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an event in the history of the American West; up the Missouri, across the mountains, down the Columbia to the Pacific, and back again. That’s the western legacy of the epic […]

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An Aging Gallant: General Buckner’s Final Surrender

Simon Bolivar Buckner (1823-1914) and Delia H. Claiborne (1857-1932). The Buckner Family Collection and The Confederate Veteran Magazine, 1896 (The National Historical Society, 1896)

 Simon Bolivar Buckner (1823-1914) and Delia H. Claiborne (1857-1932). The Buckner Family Collection and The Confederate Veteran Magazine, 1896 (The National Historical Society, 1896) He rose to the highest ranks of the Confederate Army, but at war’s end Simon B. Buckner found himself a penniless exile from his native Kentucky. Ironically his final role in the Civil War was facilitating […]

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